There are a few different ways to clean the wax out of a candle jar, you can put the jar in the freezer for 30 minutes then the wax should freeze and pop out fairly easily; or you can pour hot water into the jar and let it sit for about an hour until the wax is floating on the top. Those are both good options but you’ll still probably need to clean out the leftover wax and black soot that tends to be around the top of the jar. In my experience, I find just using hot water and soap tends to take a while and it doesn’t always completely clean out the jar. So that’s why I started using acetone to clean out my candle jars, it cleans off the black soot and melts through the wax so quickly.
So here’s what I do, (see photo instructions below)
- Scrape out the leftover wax in the candle jar with a spoon
- Pour a little bit of acetone into the jar and use q-tips and/or paper towel to clean out the leftover wax at the bottom and sides of the candle jar. Also wear cleaning gloves while doing this because if you have nail polish on the acetone will take off your polish; it’s also very drying to your skin. You can find acetone at your local pharmacy or on Amazon. This is the one I use from Shoppers Drug Mart Quo Acetone.
- Lastly use dish detergent soup and some hot water to clean out the jar, you don’t want any leftover acetone. Be careful cleaning around the candle label, if you plan to keep the label on the jar. If you want to take the label off, soak the jar in hot water and the label should peel off easily.
Then you can use the empty jars to store your makeup brushes, lip glosses, matches, really anything. You can even use the jars as a little vase or planter. There are so many options; I’ve even seen some people use them as candy dishes or drinking glasses.
Good luck and have fun with this little DIY!